Last Updated on 6 Apr 2022 3:44 pm (UK Time)
Although tradition sees Real Madrid as the absolute master of European football for decades, a taboo unknown to many hinders its race towards the 2021-2022 Champions League. In fact, after playing five games in his history against Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti‘s team have never managed to win one, which makes the Blues the worst opponent for the Blancos.Embed from Getty Images
Champions League holders Chelsea approach this quarter-final first-leg with many uncertainties after a shocking 4-1 defeat to Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday, where the hug between Romelu Lukaku and the returning Christian Eriksen stood out.
Real Madrid’s final sprint will be crucial for Ancelotti’s future
Many points of interest from the match scheduled for tonight at Stamford Bridge in London at 8pm.
Firstly, the reigning champions taking on the favourites for this year’s title, relaunched by the surprising victory against PSG.
On the other hand, Carlo Ancelotti (who has recently returned negative to Covid-19) plays most of the chances of remaining on the bench of the Madrid club.
In fact, even though La Liga is firmly in the hands of Real Madrid (with 12 points over Barcelona with eight games left to play), rumours of a change in the club’s technical leadership are becoming very persistent.Embed from Getty Images
Heavy defeats of that kind are difficult to digest in Real Madrid, which is accustomed to imposing its game supremacy at high standards and on which owner Florentino Perez is unlikely to overlook.
Will Carlo Ancelotti be able to get away with it?
As reported by the Mundo Deportivo, in fact, Spanish fans and press seem to have already issued the sentence for the former AC Milan coach, calling for his replacement with two legends of Real’s recent past: Xabi Alonso, currently manager of Real Sociedad B, and Raul, who is managing Castilla, the second team of Real Madrid, in Segunda Division.
Chelsea strikers must unlock to beat Real Madrid
Even Chelsea feels the pressure of the big occasion as the situation is not the most optimistic, and aware of the moment’s importance, Chelsea‘s manager Thomas Tuchel calls the fans together to bring the atmosphere up for the tricky clash with Real Madrid.Embed from Getty Images
Stamford Bridge crowd must be on fire when Carlo Ancelotti‘s team (13-time European Champions) faces Chelsea in an attempt to repeat last year’s feat.
The Blues, third in the Premier League but miles away from the top of the standings, continues their identity crisis, especially on the offensive front.
Like other outstanding former players like Tammy Abraham, now in great shape at Jose Mourinho‘s AS Roma, even Rumelu Lukaku has not quite managed to fit in the team yet.
If Romelu Lukaku was meant to be the flagship of the European champions team, it was evident from the beginning the Belgian player’s difficulties in adapting to the Blues‘ game scheme.
If Chelsea is going to beat a strong opponent like Real Madrid and to get into the Champions League semifinals, Lukaku needs to get himself going.